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obstetrics

[uh b-ste-triks]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of medical science concerned with childbirth and caring for and treating women in or in connection with childbirth. Abbreviation: OB, ob
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Origin of obstetrics

First recorded in 1810–20; see origin at obstetrical, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for obstetrics

obstetrics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of medicine concerned with childbirth and the treatment of women before and after childbirth
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Word Origin and History for obstetrics

n.

"science of midwifery," 1819, from obstetric (adj.); also see -ics.

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obstetrics in Medicine

obstetrics

(ŏb-stĕtrĭks, əb-)
n.
  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the recuperative period following delivery.
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obstetrics in Science

obstetrics

[ŏb-stĕtrĭks]
  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth.
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obstetrics in Culture

obstetrics

[(uhb-ste-triks)]

A branch of medicine that deals with the care of women during pregnancy, labor, and the period of recovery following childbirth.

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